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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Partners with BLACK ENTERPRISE For Symposium On America's Education Crisis at the Peabody Memphis Hotel, Wednesday, November 7 Invitation-only Forum, "Today's Business Crisis: Educating Tomorrow's Workforce," To Address Role of Business In Education Reform

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On the day after the 2012 Presidential Election, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and BLACK ENTERPRISE are set to present a symposium on an issue most critical to America's health and economic competitiveness: education reform. On Wednesday, November 7, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the Gates Foundation and BLACK ENTERPRISE will host "Today's Business Crisis: Educating Tomorrow's Workforce," in the Grand Ballroom of the Peabody Memphis Hotel, 149 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The invitation-only symposium will bring together top leaders in business, philanthropy and education to discuss the critical challenges facing American education and the role business leaders can play in education reform in Memphis and in public schools across the nation. Confirmed speakers for the forum include: BLACK ENTERPRISE President & CEO Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Program Chief of Staff Dawn Chirwa; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Deputy Director of Education Irvin Scott; Stand for Children Executive Director Kenya Bradshaw; Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash; Universal Companies Founder & Chairman Kenneth Gamble; Universal Companies President & CEO dur-Rahim Islam; Former NBA All Star and Memphis Grizzlies Co-Owner Penny Hardaway; Gestalt Community Schools Chief Academic Officer Yetta Lewis; and Memphis Chief of School Operations, Academic Operations, Technology & Innovation Dr. Roderick Richmond. The sessions will be moderated by BLACK ENTERPRISE SVP/Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle and BLACK ENTERPRISE Editorial Director Alan Hughes

"America's education crisis is not a future threat to the competitiveness of our businesses, but a clear and present danger to the economic security of our nation," says BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl "Butch" Graves Jr. "BLACK ENTERPRISE has consistently sounded the call to address this crisis, and never more than in the past several years, as the system even more egregiously fails the children it is charged with educating and preparing for productive lives. We are proud to join with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase the focus on solutions that can ultimately resolve this crisis, solutions that cannot be successfully executed without business leaders being fully invested in the battle to reform public education."

There will be a reception immediately following the symposium, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to allow education leaders, business owners, corporate executives, philanthropists and other stakeholders to freely network around ways to support existing reform initiatives and to implement new solutions.

To secure an invitation to the symposium, call BLACK ENTERPRISE Events at 800-209-7229 or RSVP online at http://www.blackenterprise.com/todaysbusinesscrisiseducatingtomorrowsworkforce by Monday, November 5, 2012. Seating is limited and invitations are non-transferable.

NOTE TO MEDIA: This invitation-only forum is not open for admission without an RSVP. Interested press should contact Alfred Edmond Jr. at 212-886-9598/347-865-5895 or via e-mail at alfrededmondjr@gmail.com.

BLACK ENTERPRISE is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4.1 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends. 

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